School: Cedarville Elementary
Grade: First grade
Education: I have a bachelor's degree from Ball State University. My major was elementary education, grades 1-6, and I have an endorsement in kindergarten.
Years teaching: I will begin my 13th year of teaching this fall.
City born: Fort Wayne
Current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: My husband, Kevin, is also a teacher and coach in East Allen County Schools. Our daughter, Marykate, will begin her teaching career in Zionsville as a kindergarten teacher this fall. Our son, Joey, will be a freshman at Butler University starting this month.
Last book read: I love reading historical fiction. My last leisure read: “Three Sisters, Three Queens.” My current professional read: “The Next Step in Guided Reading.”
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Tinkle, my second-grade teacher at Haley Elementary.
Favorite class in school: I've always loved learning about other places in the world. Studying French in high school was probably my favorite, because we learned the language along with a little geography and what life would look like while in France.
Favorite teaching memory: Early in my teaching career, I experienced something that will stay with me always. I had the sweetest little boy, Luke, in my classroom for most of each day, but he was sometimes pulled by the special education teacher and her para. He had seizures every now and again, and it was sometimes hard to tell if he was following what was being communicated. He and I worked on differentiated curriculum, but he was always included in all of our lessons. I assumed he wasn't retaining much of what was being taught in the whole group. One day I began to routinely respond to a student's story with, “Wow, what a story, you should definitely write down every detail!” Before I could get out the first word, Luke recited exactly what was needed. It completely stopped me in my tracks, and taught me that children are constantly learning even when it doesn't seem likely. Luke taught me a lot that day and even more throughout that special year.
Favorite extracurricular activity: Reading, taking walks, traveling, painting, shopping on a budget!
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future: We learn the most from our mistakes, making them is expected. Never give up, even when it gets hard. And, read, read, read! Books are a gateway to all things unreachable!
Recommended by: Rachel Strong
Reason for recommendation: “We love Ms. Rowan for how she invests into our son, taking the extra time to help with his spelling, and working with him on doing his best work.... She has done a great job in engaging with the kids, even when the class is jam packed!”
BestColleges.com has named Indiana Wesleyan University's National and Global Campus a Gold School of Distinction in recognition of its diverse and online degree programs. It is one of 14 universities - and the only one in Indiana - to receive this honor. To receive the distinction, universities must have been recognized on at least 15 of BestColleges.com's individual rankings.
• The Allen County Public Library's children's services department sponsored an all-day chess tournament July 22 for children in prekindergarten through fifth grade. Good sportsmanship winners were Sindhura Urs, first grade and younger; Camden Cloud, second grade; Will Schriner, third grade; Jonathan Scheumann, fourth grade; and Sam Jones, fifth grade. First-place beginner winners were Andrew DeMarchis, first grade and younger; Levi Scheumann, second grade; Gavin Weikle, third grade; Isaac Schroeder, fourth grade; and Sydney Walter, fifth grade. Second-place beginner winners were Frederick Evans, first grade and younger; Camden Cloud, second grade; Zen Gunawardhana, third grade; Ethan Crummey, fourth grade; and Oliver Compton, fifth grade. Third-place beginner winners were Andrew Singer, first grade and younger; Becca Norwood, second grade; Kate Crummey, third grade; Josiah Miller, fourth grade; and Zachary Stafford, fifth grade. Fourth-place beginner winners were Cameron Fullhart, first grade and younger; Ivy Hill, second grade; Will Schriner, third grade; Aiyden Hill, fourth grade; and Joshuwa Richman, fifth grade. Fifth-place beginner winners were Luke Hoffman, first grade and younger; Kate Klaus, second grade; Ellie Roop, third grade; Melanie Klaus, fourth grade; and Todd Lee, fifth grade. Intermediate winners for third-graders and younger were Ethan Singer, first place, and Aydre Mourad, second place. Intermediate winners for fourth and fifth grades were Michael DeMarchis, first place; Jonathan Pratt, second place; Levi Pratt, third place; Alex Joley, fourth place; and Kyran Ongphachanh, fifth place. Advanced winners for second-graders and younger were Mazie Hoffman, first place, and Henry Liu, second place. Advanced winners for grades three to five were Kenny Wang, first place; Gavin Lass, second place; Sammy Liu, third place; Vivek Apuri, fourth place; and Sameer Urs, fifth place.
• Ivy Tech Community College announced Ivy Tech Warsaw, which is aligned with the Ivy Tech North Central region, will transition to the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne's service area. The college is eliminating regions and moving to a campus model. The change is to better align the college with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the northeast Indiana workforce and other economic development activities of Kosciusko County.
• IPFW is now using Handshake as its job and internship portal. Employers can post job and internship opportunities and search for applicants on the site. Recruiters can target students and alumni with their postings, manage on-campus interviews and register for career events at no cost to the employer. Job candidates can build profiles highlighting academic accomplishments, skills, awards and extracurricular activities. For more information, contact Ashley Calderon, director of career services, at 260-481-6591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• This fall, Grace College and Seminary will begin an associate of science degree in ministry leadership in coordination with Christian University GlobalNet from Our Daily Bread Ministries. The program will blend CUGN certificate courses with applied learning through Grace College. All course content is available online and requires no traditional textbooks or classroom time. Classes begin Aug. 21. Go to www.grace.edu/odb to apply. Contact 888-249-0533 or email@example.com with questions.
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